Issues: SUNY (State University of New York)

Keeping SUNY Affordable

Dear Friend:

I was the first in my family to go to college. Education created opportunity for me in business, and later in government. My daughter graduated from SUNY New Paltz.  The SUNY schools in our Senate District -- New Paltz, Delhi, and our lo-cal community colleges -- present educational opportunities for area residents and create jobs in the region.

Last year, the Legislature diverted tuition, paid by those who attend SUNY, and sent those dollars to pay for other func-tions of state government. I opposed that move. I believe that taking SUNY tuition and not using it for SUNY amounts to a tax on the students and families who pay tuition.


September 28, 2010

Aubertine: Grant Brings New Medical Equipment to SUNY Canton

Senator secures $15k for nursing program, helping prepare tomorrow’s healthcare workers

CANTON (September 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine visited Wicks Hall on the SUNY Canton campus today to announce a $15,000 legislative grant to help the college update its nursing facilities and equipment.

September 27, 2010

Aubertine: SUNY Raises Send Wrong Message

Efforts to save money should not be undone by hiking pay to well compensated administrators

WATERTOWN (September 16, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today said that he is concerned about reports of raises exceeding 10 percent going to high level State University of New York administrators in Albany at a time when rank and file SUNY employees are taking furloughs to keep costs down and maintain SUNY’s quality educational programs.

September 16, 2010

SUNY Brockport celebrates 175 years

Senator George Maziarz spoke at an event marking SUNY Brockport's 175th Anniversary.  Senate and Assembly resolutions were presented in honor of the milestone.

September 9, 2010

Senator Foley Announces Agreement on SUNY Empowerment

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that through his own advocacy, and that of his colleague, Senator William T. Stachowski, a bicameral agreement has been reached on the SUNY Empowerment legislation.

“Higher education is a lynchpin in so many ways and we must ensure that our students are receiving the best possible education,” said Senator Foley. “Allowing some of our state’s institutions of higher learning, including Stony Brook University, to have flexibility in setting tuition rates and entering into public-private partnerships will allow the schools to offer smaller class sizes and greater educational opportunities for our students.”

August 4, 2010

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senator Brian X. Foley And Senator William T. Stachowski

We have reached a framework agreement on SUNY/CUNY empowerment.

Higher education is a lifeline for our children and for working-class New Yorkers. Increasing our investments in higher education to reduce class size, create jobs, and foster public/private partnerships, will ensure our SUNY and CUNY systems remain top ranked institutions, and guarantee the next generation of New York’s thinkers, leaders and workers will have the tools to excel.

August 3, 2010

Senate Democrats hope to use stopped paychecks as leverage

This is the issue that Sen. William Stachowski, a Lake View Democrat, cited in his refusal to go along with the last budget bill. He wants to at least let the University at Buffalo start the financing initiative in a pilot program. And without his vote, the 32 Democrats would need GOP help to pass the bill. Republicans have so far balked at that idea.

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July 13, 2010

Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.


June 28, 2010

Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
June 27, 2010

Upstate Medical to Study Link with Watertown/Fort Drum

Senate passes Aubertine bill to direct SUNY Upstate on North Country branch campus

June 23, 2010

Senate Approves Members To Small Business Advisory Board, SUNY Board Of Trustees And Public Health Boards

The New York State Senate confirmed sixteen appointees to key boards today, including members to the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, the Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct, the Small Business Advisory Board,  the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the City University Construction Fund, the Long Island State Park, Recreation & Historic Preservation Commission, the Stewart Airport

June 3, 2010

Senate Hearing On Veterans' Access To Higher Education

The Senate Democratic Majority held a public hearing hosted by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (Chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee) and Senator Eric Adams (Chair of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee) to discu

May 17, 2010

Senate Passes Stavisky Bill Requiring Transparency For SUNY, CUNY And Higher Education Services Corp Trustees

The New York State Senate unanimously passed Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky’s bill that would increase transparency of  the Board of Trustees of the state and city universities and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) by making resolutions and board actions available to the public seven days after the meeting.  

May 5, 2010
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